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By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 13th, 2021

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has chosen Christine Karslake, an experienced start-up investor and consultant, to serve as managing director of Polsky Science Ventures. In this newly created role, Karslake will lead the formation and launch of science and technology start-ups across all fields of research at the University of Chicago.

Karslake most recently served as founder and CEO of Quest Strategies, a company that provides strategic consulting to high-growth companies. Prior to that, she served as vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, which provides funding to life science and information technology startups. Karslake also founded STL Export Accelerator, the nation’s first accelerator focused specifically on the export industry.

“I have spent the majority of my career finding ways to add value and support the launch and growth of new innovative start-ups,” she says. “The opportunity to join the Polsky Center and manage a diverse portfolio of companies stemming from University of Chicago research was something that deeply aligned with my career interests.”

Bill Payne, executive director of science and technology at the Polsky Center, comments, “We are thrilled to have Christine join the Polsky Center team. Her extensive management experience and proven track record will allow us to bring world-class venture support to our University of Chicago research-based start-ups.”

Source: Polsky

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